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I'm Not Scared Paperback – February 24, 2004
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The book wouldn't be brilliant if the characters weren't so strong and recognisable from our own childhoods. The book shows with great skill the various sides of being young and realising that the world isn't perfect and that our family and friends do not always behave as we would like. I felt like I knew Michele and his sister Maria and their little group of friends. Michele's character was so realistic, and all the elements of growing up were described with such clarity - the fear of the outside world coupled with reckless bravery, the love / hate relationship with his parents, and the struggle between right and wrong. I also thought that the characterisation of Michele's mother was spot on - a woman who is desperately tired and scared, whose personality is caring one minute and harsh the next. The use of language is light and beautiful. I read the book in a single sitting and am sitting at my computer in the early hours of the morning writing this review because I simply couldn't go to sleep without writing something down about it.
Overall this book is a literary treat. It is absorbing, shocking, suspenceful, terrifying, touching. The end doesn't tie everything up with a nice little bow on top, but it is realistic and frightening and hopeful. I loved it.
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